Albert Camus


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  • ''The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "The Myth of Sisyphus," The Myth of Sisyphus (1942, trans. 1955). Last words of this work.
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  • ''An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. Notebooks (1935-42) (1962).
  • ''We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking. In that race which daily hastens us towards death, the body maintains its irreparable lead.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. The Myth of Sisyphus, ch. 1 (1942, trans. 1955).
  • ''[Love] is the type of disease that spares neither the intelligent nor the idiotic.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Caligula, act 1, sc. 1, Pléiade (1962).
  • ''As a remedy to life in society I would suggest the big city. Nowadays, it is the only desert within our means.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. Notebooks 1935-1942, entry for March 1940 (1962).
  • ''After all, I do not have so many ways of proving that I am free. We is always free at the expense of someone else. It is a bother, but it is normal.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Caligula, act 2, sc. 9, Pléiade (1962).
  • ''The only conception of freedom I can have is that of the prisoner or the individual in the midst of the State. The only one I know is freedom of thought and action.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. The Myth of Sisyphus, ch. 1 (1942, trans. 1955).
  • ''How hard, how bitter it is to become a man!''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Caligula, act 1, sc. 11, Pléiade 91962).
  • ''It is normal to give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. Notebooks 1935-1942, entry for Nov. 22, 1937 (1962).
  • ''I sometimes think of what future historians will say of us. A single sentence will suffice for modern man: he fornicated and read the papers.''
    Albert Camus (1913-1960), French Algerian philosopher, author. The narrator (Jean-Baptiste Clamence), in The Fall (1956).

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